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    • 2011
    • By Mrs. Felicia Darkwah-Registered Nurse, Midwife, Dip in Nursing Education,
    • MSc. & PGD in Midwifery, Former Lecturer in Nursing and Midwifery, University of
    • Ghana, Legon – Accra, Former Vice Dean, Dept of Nursing, Valley View University,
    • Accra, Executive Secretary, Nana Yaa Memorial Trust for Good Quality
    • Reproductive Health Service.
  • 2.
    • Introduction :
    • Background
    • The Republic of Ghana is located centrally in West Africa
    • with a land area of 238,537 square kilometres. It is
    • bordered on the North by Burkina Faso, on the South by
    • the Gulf of Guinea which stretches across the 560
    • kilometres of the country’s coastline; on the East Ghana is
    • bordered by Togo and on the West by La Cote D’Ivoire and
    • has a population of 24million (2010 pop. census). 51% of
    • the inhabitants are females. Those between the ages of 15
    • and 49 years, that is, the reproductive age group forms
    • 24% of the total population and the current maternal
    • mortality rate is 451 deaths per 100,000 live
    • births.(NSMSP: 2008)1
  • 3.
    • Maternal death is the death of a woman while pregnant or
    • within 42 days of the termination of pregnancy, regardless
    • of the site and the duration of pregnancy, from any cause
    • related to or aggravated by the pregnancy or its
    • management (W.H.O.,1999:9.)2 .By 2005, it was estimated
    • to be 536,000, worldwide. (W.H.O.)3. However, the latest
    • document from the W.H.O. states “maternal mortality adds
    • up to 600,000 women every year; 99% occurs in Sub-
    • Saharan Africa.”(W.H.O,)4
  • 4.
    • Maternal death is a global tragedy. It
    • is traumatic for individual women, for
    • families, and for their communities
    • alike and so every effort should be
    • made to curtail its occurrences.
    • (W.H.O. 1999: 4)2
  • 5.
    • Maternal mortality ratio is the risk associated
    • with each pregnancy i.e. the obstetric risk
    • It is calculated as the number of maternal
    • deaths during a given year per 100,000 live
    • births during the same period. Currently it is
    • defined as the proportion of births attended
    • by skilled health personnel (UN)5
  • 6.
    • Maternal mortality rate measures both the obstetric risk and
    • the frequency with which women are exposed to this risk. It
    • is calculated as the number of maternal deaths in a given
    • period per 100,000 women of reproductive age of 15-49
    • years. Maternal mortality ratio and rate are often used
    • interchangeably. It is as low as 5 in Sweden, an average of
    • 27 in developed Countries, and as high as 250 in
    • Botswana, 451 in Ghana and an average of 480 deaths per
    • 100,000. Country –level differences in maternal mortality
    • are even more dramatic, for example 1,200 in Uganda and
    • 1,800 in Sierra Leone.( W.H.O.)5
  • 7.
    • Life time risk of maternal death takes into account
    • both the probability of becoming pregnant and the
    • probability of dying as a result of the pregnancy
    • cumulated across a woman’s reproductive years.
    • (W.H.O, 1999:10.)2 It was 1 in 7,300 in developed
    • regions and 1 in 22 in developing ones by 2005.
    • (W.H.O.)6
    • Maternal morbidity is any illness or injury caused or
    • aggravated by or associated with, pregnancy or
    • childbirth. (W.H.O/ N.R.C).4
  • 8.
    • A Skilled attendant refers exclusively to
    • health professionals with midwifery skills (for
    • example doctors, midwives and nurses) who
    • have been trained to proficiency in the skills
    • necessary to manage normal pregnancies,
    • deliveries and diagnose and refer medical
    • and obstetric complications.
    • (W.H.O.,1999:31)2
  • 9.
    • (M.D.G.’S)
    • The HEALTH M.D.G.’S 4, 5 & 6. In 1994, at the
    • International Conference on Population and
    • Development (ICPD), 179 Countries (including the
    • U.N. member States) committed to an ambitious
    • Programme of action (PoA) for improving sexual
    • and reproductive health and rights. (SRHR) over
    • the world, taking a strong human right’s based
    • approach. The PoA included the goals to reduce
    • maternal mortality and to ensure universal access
    • to reproductive health care by 2015.
  • 10.
    • MDG 5, target A= Aims at reducing maternal mortality ratio
    • by three quarters between 1990 and 2015 and increase the
    • proportion of births attended by skilled Professionals.
    • MDG 5, target B=wishes to achieve:
    • (1) Universal access to reproductive health.
    • (2) Increased contraceptive prevalence rate.
    • (3) Reduced adolescent birth rate
    • Antenatal care coverage (at least one to four visits. It is
    • claimed that 55% of pregnant women in sub-Saharan Africa have no access (to ANC)
    • (5) Address the unmet needs for family planning.
    • It has been stated that MDG 5 is the most off track of all the MDGs.(U.N)3.
  • 11.
    • MDG 6 , A= Seeks to halt and begin to reverse
    • the spread of HIV /AIDS.
    • Target B= Achieve universal access to
    • prevention, treatment, care, including greater
    • transparency and support for HIV/AIDS.
    • Target C= halt and begin to reverse the
    • incidence of malaria, tuberculosis and other major
    • diseases. An estimated 33.2 million people are currently
    • living with HIV globally. HIV remains alarmingly high in
    • Southern Africa, China and in Eastern Europe (U.N.)3
  • 12.
    • Ghana is one of the 179 strong nations that pledged a
    • Programme of Action (PoA) and developed seven
    • Millennium Development Goals of which MDGs 4, 5 and 6
    • are health related as it has been stated in the definition of
    • terminologies in this paper.
    • MDG 4 seeks to reduce Infant mortality by two thirds from
    • 64/1000 to 22/1000 and that of Maternal mortality by three
    • quarters that is from 451 to 185 per 100,000 live births.
    • (Annual P.R. 2009)17
    • Maternal Mortality in developing countries including Ghana
    • is very high around (600.000 per year round the world). In
    • Ghana the rate was between 734/100,000 in (KBTH)
    • 1140/100,000 (KATH) (LASSEY AND WILSON 1999)6. In
    • April 2010 it was reported from the ministry that Ghana’s
    • Maternal mortality is 451.
    • The Major role of the Midwife is the management
    • of the Childbearing woman for the reduction of the
    • unacceptably high maternal deaths. And in my
    • opinion it should start from the preconception
    • period through to the postnatal period and beyond.
    • It has been recorded that when a woman survives
    • Childbearing and she is well, her child/children
    • survive and they thrive through to the school going
    • age (W.H.O. 2001)7.
  • 14.
    Maternal mortality may be due to one of three phenomena as stated overleaf:
  • 15. Table 1 shows the contributory factors/three delays that cause maternal deaths in developing countries (Source: Ms Deborah Maine, The Safe Motherhood Action Agenda 1998:p37)8 Total contributory factors cause 7% of the deaths Poor quality of maternal health care i.e. interventions, omissions, incorrect treatment, lack of supplies, inadequate theatre facilities, insufficient skilled attendants, and poorly motivated staff cause delay 3 3 Lack of good roads, poor transportation and communication which prevents the woman’s arriving at health facilities in good time cause delay 2 2 Lack of basic education and decision making power, poverty, traditional and cultural practices which restrict women from seeking health care cause delay 1 1 CAUSES: the 3 delays NO
  • 16. Table 2 illustrates the indirect causes of maternal deaths in developing countries They are responsible for 20% of the deaths. (Source: W.H.O.,1999: 14)2 Hepatitis 6 Heart disease 5 Malaria 4 Anaemia 3 Sickle Cell disease 2 HIV/AIDS 1 Causes No.
  • 17. Table 3 demonstrates the direct causes of maternal deaths in developing countries (Source: SMAA,1998:2)8 73% Total obstetric causes responsibly for - Other direct causes include ectopic pregnancy, embolism, and anaesthesia – related deaths * 8% Obstructed labour and ruptured uterus 5 12% Eclampsia/Pregnancy induced hypertension 4 13% globally but in Ghana 20-30% Unsafe Abortion 3 15% Infection 2 25% Excessive bleeding 1 Percentage Causes No.
    • The various Governments of Ghana have put measures in place at different
    • times in the past. The last but one was called the National Reproductive
    • Health Service Protocols (M.O.H., 1999) together with the MDGs in pursuit
    • of the achievements of the health MDGs,4,5,&6 and the latest service protocol
    • known as the National Safe Motherhood service protocols are intended to
    • reduce maternal and infant morbidity and mortality (MOH Dec. 2008).
    • The strategies include:
    • Free maternal health services through a special health insurance scheme
    • The establishment of Community-based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) to carry safe motherhood services close to where women reside
    • The adoption of maternal health record booklet which affords continuity of care and freedom of choice of care provider.
  • 19.
    • Focused antenatal care
    • The use of partograph for labour management.
    • Re-instatement of direct midwifery education for more midwives to be trained.
    • Implementation of the increase in enrolment of girl child education up to the university level.
    • Policy directive on the use of Misoprostol for the prevention and management of post partum haemorrhage
    • Adoption of safe abortion care – comprehensive abortion care
    • Re-positioning of Family planning services
  • 20.
    • Counselling and testing of all pregnant women for H.I.V & AIDS and Anti Retro-viral Therapy (ART) for PMTCT where necessary at a subsidized rate,
    • Intermittent Preventive Therapy (IPT) against malaria (Sulfadoxine USP 500mgs & Pyrimethamine 25 mgms)
    • Continuation of :
      • Tetanol toxoid, for the prevention of maternal and neonatal tetanus
      • Iron, vitamins& folic acid routinely, for the prevention of anaemia
  • 21.
    • The number of Midwives available to provide quality
    • maternal services is woefully inadequate, especially in
    • rural communities where the Midwife performs as one of
    • the important persons in the achievement of the MDG’s 4,5
    • and 6. The Programme of Action recognizes the
    • partnership of Private enterprises – a term called Public
    • Private Partnership. Midwifery education was established
    • in Ghana in 1928 and the Private Midwifery Practitioner has
    • been a very strong partner of the state in the delivery of
    • maternal health care. At one point there were 500, or more
    • of them, but now they are dwindling in number. Part of the
    • Agenda is to train more Midwives in order to aid in the
    • achievement of the MDGs 4, 5 and 6.
    • Phase one during pregnancy: Antenatal Care
    • Antenatal care is the health management and education given to the client during pregnancy. Antenatal care is an important part of preventive health care. It was initiated by Professor Ballantyne of the United Kingdom in the year 1901(Myles, 1985:173)11
  • 23.
    • The objectives of antenatal care are to:-
    • Promote and maintain the physical, mental and social well being of mother and baby/babies by providing education on nutrition, rest, sleep and personal hygiene
    • Detect and manage high risk conditions arising during pregnancy, whether medical, surgical or obstetric
    • Ensure the delivery of a full term healthy baby with minimal stress or injury to mother and baby and to
    • Help prepare the client to breastfeed successfully, experience normal puerperium and take good care of the child physically, psychologically and socially
    • A safe delivery and post partum health depends on good
    • antenatal management
  • 24.
    • Routine management
    • The routine management according to the National Reproductive Health Service Protocols (Ghana) included a standard recommendation as follows:
    • Table 1 shows the recommended schedule
    *Thus making a total of twelve visits. And if for any reason the standard antenatal visits are not accessible to the clients at least she should benefit from four basic visits at 10 weeks, 20 weeks, 30 weeks and 36 weeks. Yet during that period the maternal mortality rate was between 755 (KBTH) and1140 (KATH) per 100,000 live births (Larsey and Wilson, 1998) every week till birth 9 th – 12 th visits 4 every two weeks till the 36 th week 5 th – 8 th visits 3 every four weeks till 28 weeks 2 nd – 4 th visits 2 as early as 12 – 14 weeks First visit 1 Period Variable No
  • 25.
    • Phase two: Labour and delivery
    • The goal of labour and delivery management is to promote
    • the most positive outcome which is, a healthy mother and
    • baby.
    • The objectives are to:
    • Manage the four stages of labour accurately
    • Make proper use of the partograph
    • Identify complications early and treat or refer swiftly for a positive outcome
    • Deliver placenta and membranes by the active management protocol (AMTSL). Keep the mother and baby (if feasible) for one hour after the delivery of the placenta in delivery room, monitor vital signs ½ hourly and observe the uterus and introitus every half an hour
  • 26.
    • Phase three: the Post partum period
    • The post partum period starts from the delivery of
    • the placenta to six weeks after delivery.
    • The objectives of the management are to:
    • Screen both mother and baby for the early detection and treatment for referral for any complications
    • Re – enforce education on nutrition, rest, sleep and personal hygiene
    • Counsel and motivate client for family planning
    • (Ghana National R.H Service Protocol January 1999)9
    • The definition and objectives are the same as before
    • except that the following have been included: to
    • educate on family planning, immunization, danger
    • signals e.g. STI, HIV/AIDS,
    • birth preparedness and complications readiness.
    • Also the following management strategies have been
    • adopted.
  • 28.
    • They are:
    • Focused antenatal care which demands that
    • the client is managed by the same care
    • provider throughout pregnancy. (National
    • Safe Motherhood Service Protocol; NSMSP
    • 2007:21)12
    • * A National Maternal health record booklet for continuity of care is in practice. (MOH/GHS,R&CH UNIT, 2005)13
  • 29. ROUTINE MANAGEMENT For the uncomplicated pregnancy, at least four antenatal care visits should be made as follows: Counsel the client at every visit and advise her to report to any health facility if she feels unwell. (NSMSP, 2008)12. This however has caused maternal deaths due to lack of proper decision making on the part of care providers ROUTINE LABORATORY TEST Counselling and HIV test, G6PD, Hepatitis B, CD4 count if HIV is positive and pelvic ultrasound have all been added to what used to be the case, i.e. before the year 2000. At 36 weeks Fourth visit 4 At 32 weeks Third visit 3 Between 24 and 28 weeks Second visit 2 At up to 16 weeks gestation First visit 1 PERIOD VARIABLE NO
  • 30. THE ROLE OF THE MIDWIFE – ANTENTAL CARE Give Nefedipine 10mgs sublingual and refer to hospital. In hospital give 10mgs sublingual and ask Doctor to see client Check B/p, urine for proteins and oedema at every visit – vigilantly P.I.H if diastolic pressure >100mmhg 4 Give: anti-retroviral prophylaxis at 28wks if mother is HIV positive and at 30wks and counsel client on feeding options (NSMP, 2008:10) Ask for counseling and HIV testing at first visit. Do CD4 count if HIV is Positive HIV/AIDS 3 Give: paracetamol, I.V fluids of quinine 600mgs and refer to hospital. In hospital give paracetamol. Have an infusion trolley always in readiness, assist Doctor intelligently Give 3 intermittent preventive treatment (IPT) sulfadoxine 500mgs and pyremethamine 25mgs between 16 and36 weeks at 4 weeks interval Malaria 2 Provide 4 basic antenatal care: 1 st visit up to 16 weeks Antenatal care 1 Secondary Intervention Primary Intervention Variable NO
  • 31. Take blood for grouping and cross matching. Give I.V fluids of N/Saline or ringers lactate 1000 mls. Give oral misoprostol 400mg stat and repeat in 4hrs if necessary or I.M injection of Ergometrine 0.2mgs. Refer to hospital Educate public/clients on dangers of unprotected sex and abortions Inevitable abortion 6 Give Nefedipine 10mgs sublingual start magnesium sulphate 4 protocol and transport client to hospital if not in second stage. If she is in labour and near delivery deliver by vacuum extraction, do other delivery interventions accurately and transfer to Hospital. In hospital – make sure I.V infusion for emergency obstetric care (EOC) is always ready – call Doctor, inform labour ward staff. Check B/p, urine for proteins and oedema at every visit – vigilantly Severe pre – eclampsia diastolic >110mmhg 5
  • 32. (National Safe Motherhood Service Protocol; NSMSP 2008:21) 12 *Ask for pelvic ultrasound by 20 weeks. Also G6PD and Hepatitis B *Educate client on neonatal care immunization and danger signs *Educate on birth preparedness and complication readiness, STIS, HIV/AIDS and family planning Miscellaneous 8 Same as inevitable abortion Educate and motivate on family planning services Unsafe Abortion. In Ghana it accounts for20-30% of the deaths. 7
  • 33.
    • The objectives of intranatal care are to:-
    • Promote and maintain the physical, mental and social well being of mother and baby/babies by providing education on nutrition, rest, sleep and personal hygiene
    • Detect and manage high risk conditions arising during labour, whether medical, surgical or obstetric
    • Ensure the delivery of a full term healthy baby with minimal stress or injury to mother and baby and to
    • Help prepare the client to breastfeed successfully, experience normal puerperium and take good care of the child physically, psychologically and socially
    • A safe delivery and post partum health depends on good intranatal management
  • 34. Table below shows management strategy In hospital: take accurate history; examine woman physically. Make internal pelvic examination tray and I.V infusion trolley ready Call Obstetrician. Monitor client and foetus every 15 minutes and record accurately. Inform the theatre staff about a possible caesarean section. Carry out augmentation procedures intelligently. Call obstetrician in case of foetal or maternal distress immediately. Make sure resuscitation apparatuses are ready. Resuscitate baby accurately. Educate client and the significant others on the process of labour. Teach relaxation exercises. Educate client on birth preparedness and complication readiness. Screen short women with big babies and women with hip deformity for hospital delivery. Take history of labour and record observation on the partograph. If cervicograph crosses the alert line – reassure and refer to hospital without delay. Labour management – prolonged labour 1 SECONDARY PREVENTION PRIMARY PREVENTION CAUSE NO
  • 35. Assess total amount blood loss through interview and observation of bed clothes and pads Check BP, pulse, temperature and assess for shock. Take blood for grouping and cross matching Give oxytocin IV 10 units IM and add 20 units to 500mls IV fluid of normal saline or ringers solution Pass urine catheter to monitor urine output Start broad – spectrum antibiotics Check uterus. Massage to stimulate contractions and also expel any blood clots. If bleeding is profuse and persists repeat oxytocin infusion Administer misoprostol rectally 800mcg Stat . Do bimananual compression of uterus Transfer to hospital In hospital do same as above. Make sure trolley for EOC is ready. Call Doctor Immediately . Continue broad spectrum antibiotics. Do not discharge before 48 hours. Check Hb at 1 st visit and at week 36 gestation. Administer iron folic acid and vitamins in pregnancy. Educate on family planning. Conduct active management of the 3 rd stage of labour. Give oxytocin 10 Units IM within one minute of delivery – after exclusion of another baby. Deliver placenta by controlled cord traction when bladder is empty. Massage uterus to maintain uterine contractions. Repeat every 15 minutes for 2 hours. Examine placenta very carefully. Inform obstetrician about missing membranes and lobes of placenta immediately. Do not discharge before 48 hrs after delivery. Because according to research findings the majority of deaths occur during the first 48 hours. Post partum haemorrhage causes 61% of maternal deaths P.P.H. 2
  • 36. In hospital, assess accurately. Continue IV fluids and broad spectrum antibiotics Call Doctor for internal pelvic assessment and appropriate mode of delivery to ensure safe mother (and baby). Monitor accurately. Educate on good nutrition in childhood. Assess accurately. Make use of partograph in delivery. Transfer as fast as possible if cervicograph goes flat. Take blood for grouping and cross matching. Give IV fluids. Give antibiotics. Obstructed labour and ruptured uterus (account for 8% of the deaths) 4 In hospital, management same as in community Give broad spectrum antibiotics. Keep patient in a separate room. Continue strict infection prevention strategies especially frequent hand washing with soap and water Make use of mobile hand hygiene Unit and good decontaminants Test and manage STIs and anaemia during pregnancy. Observe strict infection prevention techniques during delivery (especially, wash hands with soap and water frequently). Make use of good decontaminants. Infection (accounts for 15% of maternal deaths) 3
  • 37. If placenta has been delivered- take blood for grouping and cross matching. Give IV fluids of 500mls g/s or ringers lactate in 6 hours. Administer 10 units of oxytocin stat Give ergometrine 0.2mgs I.M or slowly I.V (NSMSP, 2007:3) Insert Foleys catheter for continues drainage. Do a bimanual compression of the uterus if bleeding still continues. Examine placenta for completeness or retention of membranes or lobes. Start broad spectrum antibiotic. Transfer to hospital. In hospital: make sure a trolley for the management of PPH is always at hand. Take blood for grouping and cross matching. Start I.V infusion of ringers lactate. Call Doctor and carry out all instructions of interventions intelligently and accurately. Organize for blood donors. Check B/P and pulse every 2 hours. Encourage client to empty bladder every 2 hours. Encourage her to breastfeed. Examine baby accurately. Report any abnormalities. Carry out routine eye instillation of antibiotics. Make both mother and baby comfortable. Organize for blood donors * 4 th stage of labour – post partum haemorrhage especially first 2 – 6hrs 5
  • 38. Give broad spectrum antibiotic Give pethedine 100mgs, diazepam 10mgs I.V slowly in separate syringes. Remove placenta manually Give 20 units oxytocin in 500mls of ringers lactate at 40 – 60 dps/minute Give ergomentrine 0.2mgs I.M or misoprostol 800 – 1000mcg rectally Transfer client to hospital In hospital: Take a good history; take blood for grouping and cross matching. Start IV fluids. Call Doctor. Carry out all instructions accurately and intelligently. Advise on family planning Retained placenta – placenta not delivered within 30 minutes 6
  • 39.
    • The WHO Partograph has been modified to make it simpler and
    • easier to use. The latent phase has been removed and plotting on
    • the graph begins in the active phase when the OS uteri is 4cm
    • dilated (NSMSP, 2008:57).12 But in my view this modification is
    • dangerous, because it places the client and her baby who might
    • suffer from cervical dystocia at a very high risk of maternal and
    • neonatal death; for some midwives confessed at a workshop
    • organized by the Nana Yaa Memorial Trust for good quality
    • reproductive health services, an NGO, that they (midwives) ask
    • clients to go home and come back later, for lack of knowledge as to
    • what to do for the clients whose cervicograph are less than 4cm.
  • 40.
    • This misnomer has to be addressed very urgently to reduce
    • maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality due to
    • prolonged labour and possible rupture of the uterus. This is
    • because the 8 hours of latent phase has been ignored on the
    • current partograph. The Cubes of spaces are 24 hours. If the
    • latent phase of 8 hours (which is the normal period for the
    • cervix to dilate 3cm) plus another 1 hour are added up – the
    • labour duration shall be 33 hours. This obviously defeats the
    • purpose of reducing the duration of labour to 12 hours
    • (O’Driscoll, U.K) or 24 hours (Phillpott, S.A)
  • 41.
    • Lack of basic education and decision making power, poverty and obnoxious cultural practices and traditions which restrict women from seeking health care, cause delay 1
    • Lack of good roads, poor transportation and communication system which prevent the woman’s arrival at health facilities in good time, cause delay 2
    • Poor quality of maternal health care i.e. omissions, incorrect treatment, lack of supplies, insufficient theatre facilities, inadequate skilled attendants, and poorly motivated staff, cause delay 3
    • These delays have to be addressed aggressively with other collaborators e.g. Queen mothers, District Assemblies, retraining and motivation of staff, expansion of Midwifery Training Institutions, Scholarships for education up to Masters and PhD level for the supply of Lecturers in order to reduce the unacceptably high maternal and infants death rates.
    • Infant mortality is the death of a child before his or
    • her first birth day per every 1,000 live births. Infant
    • mortality is often used to measure the health of a
    • Community or State
    • Globally, it was estimated to be 95 per 1,000. It is
    • 64 per 1000 in Ghana. (NSMSP, 2008)
    • Infant morbidity refers to the babies that are born with
    • health problems and live. (Save the Children, 2010.)14
  • 43.
    • MDG 4, aims at reducing by two-thirds the under
    • five mortality rate from 95 to31 per 1,000 live births
    • by 2015.A staggering 8.8million children every
    • year around the world or one child dies every three
    • seconds before they are five years old.
    • MDG 4 is another of the goals which is not likely to
    • be achieved in Africa. (WHO/ NRC)4
    • Every child must:
    • be registered by the birth and death Registrar
    • have a child health record
    • be breastfed for six months, exclusively, if the mother is alive
    • be immunised against tuberculosis (BCG) and poliomyelitis at birth and repeated at 6 weeks, 10 weeks and 14 weeks
    • be given vitamin A at every 6 months ,until 5 years old
  • 45.
    • be immunized against measles and yellow fever at 9 months
    • be made to sleep under insecticide bed-net to prevent mosquito bites and malaria. (M.O.H-GHANA)15
    • It is important to note that one of the best strategies to ensure child survival is to make sure of maternal survival
  • 46.
    • * Non compliance of mothers in attending infant welfare clinics
    • * Non use of bed-nets
  • 47.
    • In conclusion, in the years before 2000 positive measures
    • to reduce Ghana’s maternal mortality rate between 214 per
    • 100,000 GDHS, 1993 and 755 – 1140 (LASSEY & WILSON 1998)
    • included as many as up to 12 clinic attendances and the use of the
    • composite partograph that allowed for 8 hours of Latent Phase. In this
    • last decade of 2000 – 2010, ironically the 12 clinic attendances for
    • everybody has been reduced to four for uncomplicated pregnancy and
    • extra attendances allowed for complicated pregnancy. And the latent
    • phase of the partograph has been deleted. But then how can
    • complicated pregnancy and labour be identified early for swift
    • management in the face of the reduction of Antenatal Care to four basic
    • Visits and the deletion of the latent phase which aids in determining
    • prolonged labour.
  • 48.
    • Fortunately, however, measures to deal with malaria
    • through I.P.T, HIV/AIDS by the introduction of HIV test for
    • all pregnant women, CD4 count test, and ART for those
    • who require it, Misoprostol for the prevention and treatment
    • of PPH, inevitable abortion and unsafe abortion, the
    • permission granted the Community Midwife to use I.V
    • misoprostol and finally the free maternal health care and
    • others have all impacted positively on the maternal
    • mortality rate to bring it down to 451 per 100,000 by 2007.
    • This however has to be reduced further to 185 per 100,000
    • to fulfill the MDG 5 goal of reduction by ¾ by 2015.
  • 49.
    • For the first delay collaboration with traditional
    • Rulers on the abolition of obnoxious traditions and
    • customs and weekly radio and television
    • programmes on education on maternal and child
    • health should be initiated.
    • For delay 2, road are being constructed but until enough
    • are available maternity waiting homes built by District
    • Assemblies is the answer. Cuba has been able to reduce
    • the maternal mortality from 118 to 31 per 100,000 through
    • maternity waiting homes. As for delay 3, retraining and
    • motivating health Professionals and increasing midwifery
    • training institutions with the development of Lecturers
    • should suffice.
  • 50.
    • Government and quasi government institution to continue to provide educational facilities for girls and the higher institutions to increase their intake of females.
    • Increase midwifery training institutions for more competent and committed midwives, i.e. skilled attendants to be available for the needed good quality reproductive health service.
  • 51.
    • Upgrade all district hospitals for them to be able to provide complex health care specifically to include two obstetric theatres. In addition, Government is strongly requested to increase obstetric theatres to four in every regional hospital and provide up to four in all the teaching hospitals obstetric and gynaecology department, to avoid a client with impending rupture of uterus from waiting in theatre queue. (E.O.C)*
    • In the Little Company of Mary Hospital of Pretoria, South Africa, there are 15 theatres and in the Mayor Clinic, Rochester, U.S.A., there are over 70 theatres. So let African Governments think seriously about the need to increase the number of Obstetric theatres in order to curtail the agony of women who require theatre intervention and thereby save the lives of mothers and their babies.
  • 52.
    • 4. Establish maternity waiting homes in all the resourced district health facilities for pregnant women who dwell in deprived communities to move in at 38 week gestation to wait on their deliveries. This would reduce the number of deaths which arise from delay in arriving at resourced health centres due to inaccessible road net work, lack of transportation and inadequate communication systems. (Delay two).
    • 5. Initiate preconception health care in all health care institutions including private maternity homes in response to the government’s policy of public private partnership. This would enable the early recognition of the indirect causes of maternal death for good management and control before pregnancy takes place.
  • 53.
    • 6. Revert to the 1999 schedule of Ante-natal care that made allowance for four to twelve antenatal clinic attendances. That was to ensure frequent monitoring of mother and baby especially during the third trimester when Pregnancy Induced Hypertension (P.I.H) and eclampsia are at a high prevalence rate.
    • Re-instate the composite partograph which makes room for the latent phase in order to identify prolonged labour in good time for swift management and positive outcome
    • Initiate weekly radio and television maternal and child health education programs
    • 9. Strongly suggest the need for a bill of rights for the childbearing woman.
  • 54.
    • Dr. Halfdan Mahler, one time Director – General of
    • the World Health Organisation, once said maternal
    • mortality is “a neglected tragedy, neglected
    • because those who suffer it are neglected people,
    • with the least power and influence over how
    • national resources shall be spent; they are the
    • poor, the rural peasants and above all women”.
    • (SMI, 1998:1)16
  • 55.
    • Since we are women, who have been empowered
    • professionally, let us develop a strong
    • communiqué, go back to our countries and submit
    • our communiqués in a unified manner to the
    • Ministry of Health and to Parliament for real
    • change to happen in the approaches in efforts to
    • reduce maternal and infant mortality and morbidity.
    • We have only four more years to the target period
    • of 2015. The dateline of the MDGs achievement.
  • 56. May God help us to achieve the health MDGs 4, 5 and 6 by the year 2015. Thank you for your attention.
  • 57. THE PRECONCEPTION CYCLE CARE 6.Educ. on the menstrual cycle 7Educ n . Exercise and Relaxation 8. Blood tests 10. General counseling 11. Immunization 12. Environmental pollutants 13. Psychosexual counseling 14. Family Planning 15. Sub fertility HEALTHY CONCEPTION 1.Weight& height for the calculation of.BMI mass inde x Weight and height 2.Educ. on Nutrition 3. General Check ups 3a. Urine 3b. Stool 3c. Blood Pressure 3d. Breast examination and self breast examination 4. Pre-marital sex avoidance 5. Avoidance of Social poisons 9. Referral to level ‘C’ health facility/hospital for the management of the indirect causes of maternal deaths – i. Anaemia ii. Malaria iii. Sickle Cell disease iv. HIV/AIDS v. Heart Disease vi. Hepatitis
  • 58.
    • National Safe Motherhood Service Protocol (Ghana),December 2008
    • WHO, Reduction of maternal mortality. A joint WHO/ UNFPA/ UNICEF, World Bank Statement pp 17, Geneva 1999
    • U.N, Towards the UN MDG Review Summit 2010. Recommendation to the UN, February 2011 (Internet)
    • WHO/NRC, February 2011 (Internet)
    • WHO, In Women’s Funding Network document, 2005
    • Lassey, A.T. & Wilson, J.B, (1998) Trends in Maternal mortality in Korle Bu Hospital, 1984 – 1994. Gh. Med. Journal 32:910-916
    • W.H.O, The Bamako declaration, July 2001
    • Safe Motherhood Action Agenda, 1997
  • 59.
    • 9. M.O.H., Reproductive Health Protocol, 1999, Ghana
    • 10. M.O.H., Road Map for Accelerating the attainment of the MDGs related to Maternal and Newborn Health in Ghana, 2003
    • 11. MYLES, Margaret. (1985), A Textbook for Midwives, Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh
    • 12. M.O.H., National Safe Motherhood Protocol, Dec 2008
    • 13. M.O.H/G.H.S, R&CH Unit, National Maternal Health Record Unit, 2005
    • 14. Save the Children, Internet Info, 2010
    • 15. M.O.H., Child Health Record Book
    • 16. Safe Motherhood Initiative, 1998
    • 17. M.O.H. Ghana, 2009 Annual Progress Report (2009:9)
  • 60. MIDWIVES PRAYER 1750
    • Have mercy upon me, oh Lord
    • And in all my actions
    • Let me have thy fear before my eyes
    • That I may be careful both for
    • rich and poor
    • To do good and not to hurt
    • To save lives and not to destroy
    • Help my infirmities and imperfections
    • And grant me skills and judgement
    • Happily to finish every work Through JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD.
    • Amen.